Marbled Pink (rose marbré)


Calabre Teapot (théière Calabre), 1761, slide 28

This extravagant décor, known as rose marbré (marbled pink), is exemplified by the “Calabre Teapot” (théière Calabre, 1761, slide 28): an overall pink ground color is overlaid with jagged lightning-bolts of textured gilding, bordered in blue of varying tints, creating a dynamically marbled effect. This style is found on pieces dated from 1761–63. To create this unusual effect, the rose ground color was initially fired, then covered with a coat of blue; once the latter was dry, it was scraped away to create the marbled pattern (Savill 1988, 2:594). Dallot-Naudin and Jacob describe this as “pink and blue faux-marbled ground” (1983, 226–27). Read more about Calabre teapots on this page of the Exhibit.

References: Dallot-Naudin and Jacob 1983, 226–27; Eriksen and De Bellaigue 1987, 52–53; Savill 1988, 2:594.